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UT alumnus’ play about dealing with dementia to debut

“Remember Me,” an original play written by Maxwell K. Cleary, will premiere this week in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 20-22, and 2 p.m. for Saturday, Sept. 23.

“Remember Me” is a play that focuses on dementia while taking a look at what reality is — or isn’t — for the family, the caregivers and the person with the condition. It shows the barriers, demands and isolation families face when trying to care for a loved one.

Cleary graduated from UT with a master’s degree in social work in 2016 and is a hospice social worker in Toledo. His practice experience with grief is evident throughout the play.

Issue Box Theatre is producing the play and is headed by Rosie Best, a social worker in the Toledo community who has a history in theater education. While taking classes at UT, she started Issue Box as a community project to bring together art and social justice action. Best graduated from the University with a master’s degree in social work in 2016.

Maxwell K. Cleary and Rosie Best

The play will be performed in conjunction with the UT International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at issueboxtheatre.com.

Proceeds from ticket sales from non-registered conference goers will go to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services of Northwestern Ohio and the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

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